Arent Fox has extensive experience in Section 337 litigation before the US International Trade Commission (ITC). It was recognized by Corporate Counsel’s “IP Insider” as “One of the Top 10 Most Active Law Firms Litigating Section 337 Claims before the International Trade Commission.” The firm’s headquarters in Washington DC, the seat of the ITC, gives us fast and easy access for filings and hearings as well as an excellent vantage point for remaining completely current on developments at the ITC. Our offices’ locations across the United States and our established relationships with top-tier law firms throughout the world permit us to obtain local assistance and support anywhere needed to represent our clients.
Arent Fox boasts well over a dozen seasoned intellectual property and international trade attorneys who have hands-on experience in Section 337 matters and the proven ability to keep pace with these fast-moving cases. The firm counts among its attorneys the former Chief of the Patent Branch of the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations, and current and former officers and members of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Our attorneys have spoken on ITC issues in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and have served as expert witnesses on Section 337 issues. The team is also supported by a premier Intellectual Property practice and a nationally recognized Complex Litigation practice.
Most Section 337 cases arise out of patent disputes involving complex technical issues. Arent Fox’s Section 337 attorneys have in-depth knowledge across a wide spectrum of computer/software, electrical, biotechnology, chemical, pharmaceutical, medical device, and mechanical technologies. They have gained this experience through formal academic training (each member of our litigation team has undergraduate and/or advanced degrees in technical subjects), industry experience, and technical litigation. Many members of the team are registered patent attorneys.
The accelerated pace of Section 337 proceedings can cause fees to skyrocket out of control unless closely and intelligently managed. Because of our attorneys’ extensive Section 337 experience and our policy of staffing cases as leanly as possible, Arent Fox has the proven ability to handle cases in a cost-effective manner while achieving desirable outcomes. In addition to proceeding independently in many cases, Arent Fox has also successfully participated in joint defense teams. We understand when to mount a joint defense and, at the same time, how to remain ready to proceed alone if others settle under terms unacceptable to our client. In sum, Arent Fox focuses on effectively and efficiently litigating cases to a successful conclusion while creating and preserving opportunities for favorable settlements.